Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Settling Into My New Digs

MPL Indiana Roving Reporter Room
(Former Occupant Needs to Clear Out His Desk!)

I'm settling into my new digs in the Indiana Roving Reporter Room at the Library.  I have found superior sleeping quarters atop the really-cool mobile ladder.  Minions, make with the sherpa and soft cushions!  Get some with those cute kitty designs.

 Fantastic Climbing Ladder for Moi

More Spacious Sleeping Quarters
(Where are the Comfy Pillows and Sherpa?)

Ladder is Exclusively for Moi

Atop the display cases is a tiny covered wagon (also called a "prairie schooner"), being pulled by two oxey moo-cows.

"Go West, Tiny Man!" Horace Greeley Could Have Said

The scale of the thing is puzzling.  If you look-up covered wagons on the Internet, they appear much larger.  Furthermore, I've seen oxey moo-cows in pastures, and they are whopping big.  These seem pretty tiny in comparison.  Perhaps the wagon and livestock belong to miniature pioneers who settled 'round these parts.

Pretty Tough Meat, I Bet
(Not That I'm Suggesting Anything Barbaric Here)

Authentic Prairie Schooner
(Note Water Barrel & Brake Lever)

This is not to be confused with a Conestoga wagon, which was broad-wheeled and shaped more like a boat to make it more water-worthy when fording rivers and streams.  The canvas covering was usually not as tall as that used on the prairie schooner.

Somebody suggested that this was only a model, but I'm certain it was actually used by little pioneers travelling across the Appalachian mountains to settle in the Northwest Territory in the early days of the Republic.  Why, here in the Indiana Roving Reporter Room is photographic proof that the wagon existed during ancient settlers' times.

Mooresville Pioneers (with Covered Wagon)
(Probably 1838-1839)

You can tell they're pioneers, because of the strange clothing and grim expressions.  The wagon in the photograph looks nearly identical to the one displayed in the MPL Indiana Roving Reporter Room.  Close enough for horsey-shoes, as the ol' timers say.

Well, I hope Scowl-Face plans to continue feeding those oxey moo-cows (and clean up their poo).  We roving reporters have a fairly full schedule, and we don't really have time for such duties.

Looking for the Servants' Bell,

Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Office Assignment News Beat

P.S.  Speaking of pioneers, prairie schooners, wagon trains, and "westward ho!," here is Oregon Trail, written and performed by legendary folk singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie.


  1. Cauli, that's a photograph of the 1938-1939 Mooresville High School boys' basketball team (nicknamed the Pioneers).

  2. Hey, it's my room now, Scowl-Face. Go find someplace else in the Library to haunt.

  3. Historical Supplemental: Cauli's choice of "Oregon Trail," by Woody Guthrie, is an appropriate "closer" for this blog, since she mentions pioneers and covered wagons, and many of these traversed the Oregon Trail in the 19th century. However, I should note that Woody was singing more about the 1930s Great Depression experience in America, prompting many to move west (and, particularly, northwest) to areas in which economic growth was anticipated, partly because of the Grand Coulee Dam (Columbia Basin Project).

  4. Hi Cauli, love your special climbing ladder especially for u! How thoughtful of those human friends!Your posts are so good!


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